- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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A few notes from around the boxing world:
• The deal is not done yet but former junior middleweight titlist Sergio Mora (27-3-2, 9 KOs) likely will face Abie Han (23-1, 14 KOs) in a middleweight fight that will headline ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” on Feb. 6 at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Mora was supposed to challenge world titleholder Jermain Taylor, but the fight was canceled after Taylor suffered a broken rib late last week and was subsequently arrested on a litany of charges stemming from an incident on Monday in which he allegedly discharged a gun and pointed it at people during a Martin Luther King Day parade in his native Little Rock, Arkansas. Han has won four fights in a row since his only defeat, an eighth-round knockout to Glen Tapia in a terrific fight in July 2013.
• Middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) and challenger Martin Murray (29-1-1, 12 KOs) both were inside the acceptable limit for their 30-day weigh-in on Wednesday. Golovkin weighed 172 pounds at his training camp in Big Bear Lake, California, and Murray was 169 at his camp in Johannesburg, South Africa. They need to get down to 160 for their fight on Feb. 21 (HBO) in Monte Carlo. They had to be no heavier than 176 pounds at the weight check.
• British heavyweight David Price (18-2, 15 KOs), a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist and 2012 ESPN.com prospect of the year, will face Brazil’s Irineu Beato Costa Junior (16-2, 14 KOs) on Feb. 21 at the O2 World arena in Berlin on the undercard of the rematch between super middleweight titlist Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) and Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs). Price, 31, has been out since June after suffering a small tear in his left biceps, which forced him out of a Dec. 6 fight.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring and remind everybody what I’m all about,” said Price, who has won three fights in a row being stopped by American Tony Thompson in back-to-back upset losses in 2013. “Costa Junior is exactly the type of opponent I wanted. He’s got a decent record, similar to my own. Last year, he went 12 rounds with Christian Hammer, so we know he’s no mug. It will be another step up, but I think he will bring out the best in me. I’m confident I will get the win.’’
• Cruiserweight titlist Denis Lebedev (26-2, 20 KOs), 35, of Russia, and interim titlist Youri Kalenga (21-1, 14 KOs), 26, a native of Congo based in France, have been ordered to meet in their mandatory fight. They have 30 days to negotiate a deal. If there is no agreement by Feb. 20, the WBA will call for a purse bid.